Crisci Associates
204 State Street
Harrisburg, PA 17101

Phone: (717)234-1716
Fax: (717)234-1824

Holston & Crisci

Crisci Associates, April 14, 2014
* Attorney General: PA Wins Back $120 Million From Tobacco Manufacturers

Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and First Deputy Attorney General Adrian R. King Jr. Thursday announced a collaborative team from the Office of Attorney Office, the Governor's office and House and Senate leadership teams has resulted in a court victory that prevented an excess of $120 million from being reduced from Pennsylvania's annual payments pursuant to the Tobacco Master Settlement Agreement (MSA).

* Tom Wolf Outspends All Democratic Opponents Combined

With 36 days to go until the Primary election, Democratic candidate for Governor Tom Wolf reported Tuesday he has more than $7 million on hand raising more than $611,000 through the end of March, although $10 million of the $11.8 million he has raised so far is from his own pocket.  He spent nearly $5.3 million on his campaign so far, more than all his Democratic rivals combined.

* New Poll Has Corbett At 25 Percent

A new Mercyhurst University poll Tuesday found only 25 percent of voters polled would vote to re-elect Gov. Corbett.  29 percent approve of his job performance and 52 percent disapprove.  20 percent either don’t know or it depends.

* Political News & NewsClips

Here's a collection of NewsClips from around the state on political topics of interest--

* Session Schedule

Here is the latest voting session schedule for the Senate and House--

* On The Senate/House Agenda

Here are the Senate and House Calendars and Committee showing bills of interest--

* Bills On Governor's Desk

The following bills were given final approval by the Senate and House and are now on the Governor's desk for action--

* Senate/House Bills Moving

The following bills of interest saw action in the House or Senate this week--

* Bills Introduced

The following bills of interest were introduced this week--

* Senate Acts To Ban Cash Gifts

The Senate Wednesday unanimously approved two measures to ban cash gifts-- Senate Bill 1327 (Baker-R-Luzerne) and Senate Resolution 339 (Baker).

* Senate Passes Bill To Help Locate Missing Persons Via Their Cell Phones

The Senate Tuesday passed Senate Bill 1290 (Vulakovich-R-Beaver) intended to save lives by speeding up a process for using technology to locate missing people.

* House Committee Reports Out Bill To End Low-RVP Gasoline In Pittsburgh

The House Environmental Resources and Energy Committee Wednesday amended and reported out Senate Bill 1037 (Vogel-R-Beaver) whose intent is to repeal the requirement for summer low-RVP gasoline in seven Western Pennsylvania counties required from May 1 to September 15.

* Weeks Ahead

Upcoming meetings, hearings and other events on legislative issues in Harrisburg, unless otherwise noted.   NEW means new from last week.

* Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission Holds Regional Public Meetings

The Pennsylvania Long-Term Care Commission Friday held its first meeting in a series of regional public meetings, seeking public input on the current long-term care system and recommendations on ways in which it can be improved.

* Democratic Mayors Support Rep. Grove’s Pension Reform Legislation

Local governments are facing a more than $6 billion hole in municipal pensions, and it will only get worse unless action is taken in Harrisburg. With this in mind, Rep. Seth Grove (R-York) introduced House Bill 1581 to address currently insurmountable municipal pension debts. The bill proposes a cash balance reform plan for our state’s municipal pensions-- sponsor summary.

* Annual Report On Gaming’s Impact On PA Horse Racing Released

The Gaming Control Board Wednesday released its seventh annual Racetrack Casino Benchmark Report.  Since its first release in 2008, this annual report has concentrated on the impact of Pennsylvania casinos on the state’s horse racing industry.

* PennDOT Accepting Applications For Multimodal Transportation Projects

PennDOT Monday announced it is accepting applications for funding for transportation improvement projects under the Multimodal Transportation Fund created by Act 89.  The deadline for applications is June 30.

* State System Of Higher Education Chancellor Outlines Vision For The Future

The Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education remains committed to its mission of providing high-quality, affordable education, and will be guided by its new strategic plan, “2020—Rising to the Challenge” in fulfilling that mission, Chancellor Frank T. Brogan said Wednesday in his first State of the System address. 

* CLICK HERE To Print Entire PA Capitol Digest

CLICK HERE to Print The Entire PA Capitol Digest.

* About PA Capitol Digest

PA Capitol Digest is published weekly for the private use of the clients of Crisci Associates, a Harrisburg-based government and public affairs firm whose clients include Fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations.  For more information call 717-234-1716.  Send comments and questions to:

Previous PA Capitol Digest

© 2008 Crisci Associates